Alexis is a visual artist whose digital collages put real people and thought-provoking concepts in magical or surreal settings. She shares her time between the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and the UK, after coming to England as a teenager to study law and then creative arts.
Having originally expressed herself through sketching and painting, Alexis started to explore photography and a new passion for collage emerged. “Collages allow me to bring together all the aspects of my creativity in different ways to tell stories.”
She works by observing, and ideas might come to her by sketching on her own photographs, on weekend hiking trips in the mountains outside Abuja or sometimes through writing. Whether creating for exhibition or working to brief (clients have included Nike, Campari and Adobe), her work ventures into Afrofuturism, exploring religion, gender and identity.
Her own experiences are also an important part of what she creates. “When I am in Britain my blackness makes me different and my art reflects that. In Nigeria, that’s not an issue, but gender expression and the politics around being a woman in Africa are a problem, so I need to talk about that.
“One of the reasons that I originally decided to pursue a career in the creative and media industries was because artists like me didn’t see representation of ourselves in the digital art space, especially black women in the diaspora or on the African continent. Studio PI allows us to showcase our work in a way that is almost radical. Now we can show the next generation what is possible.”